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What's in a Name?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0018  Tuesday, 9 January 2007

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <
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Date: 		Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Subject: 	What's in a Name?

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

I have a volunteer to be Guest Moderator of the first SHAKSPER 
Roundtable/Forum. In a short time, I will announce his name, the topic, 
the reading list, and the guidelines for how the Forum/Roundtable will 
be conducted. I find this prospect very exciting, and I hope the members 
of the list will too.

In the interim, I am soliciting opinions about what to call this new 
feature so as to distinguish it from the ordinary discussions that take 
place on this listserv. I began by calling my idea Roundtable 
discussions, but I am wondering if Forum or some other designation might 
be more appropriate.

What I am asking for now are recommendations for what to call these 
special discussions. If you have an idea, please send it to me. I will 
consider responses as private mail to me, study them, and in 
consultation with the SHAKSPER Advisory Board decide on a designation.

At this time, I foresee these special discussions as operating in this 
manner.

After a Guest Moderator (GM) has been selected, the GM will come up with 
a FOCUSED TOPIC of current academic interest to the discipline of 
Shakespeare or Early Modern Studies.

The Guest Moderator will be responsible for initiating, moderating, 
directing, and concluding the discussions.

The GM will determine a READING LIST of three to five items that will be 
announced at least two weeks before discussion begins. Anyone 
participating will be expected to be thoroughly familiar with these 
readings.

Two weeks after TOPIC and the READING LIST are announced, the Guest 
Moderator will initiate the discussion with a question or a statement or 
however the GM might wish to start things going. Members who wish to 
participate will send responses that are clearly identified as belonging 
to the Forum/Roundtable discussion to me. I will forward those to GM, 
who will organize and comment on the week's submissions before 
suggesting the direction that discussions might take the following week. 
The GM will send this back to me on Sunday and I will format it for 
distribution on Tuesday. I will be taking care of ALL technical matters.

The discussions will continue until the Guest Moderator determines that 
the thread has run its course. The GM will then announce a last call and 
the next week's digest will be the last in that series. It will either 
include the Guest Moderator's summary statement in it or the GM's 
summary statement will be distributed at a later date.

All digests in the special Roundtable/Forum discussion will then be 
grouped together on its own page on the SHAKSPER website for public review.

Hardy M. Cook
Editor/Moderator of SHAKSPER

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